Craig Neal will be the new head coach at New Mexico. Luckily for him, he is inheriting a great Lobos team.
New Mexico was already the best team in the MWC this past season, but it could be even more dominating in the 2013-14 college basketball season, thanks to Colorado State and UNLV losing a lot of talent.
Leading scorer Kendall Williams (13.3 points per game) will be back, along with Alex Kirk, who scored 12.1 points per game on the year.
Neal could be this year’s Bruce Weber. This past season, Weber took over an already good Kansas State team and helped coach them to a share of the Big 12 regular season title. A conference title for Neal is likely in the near future.
Even after this season, there should still be some talent left on this team. By then, Neal would have a full year of recruiting under his belt and can start building his New Mexico team how he wants it to be.
Neal is in the perfect situation and he should succeed as a result. New Mexico is on the rise in college basketball and it should definitely be a tournament team again next season. However, Lobos fans would probably like to see their team getting past the round of 32, especially if they are going to be ranked in the top 25 once again.
Whether the case, Neal has everything he could possibly ask for and he is inheriting an already good basketball team. Now it is up to him to continue this and make a name for himself as the head coach for New Mexico.
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